“If God will heal my son, I will be His for the rest of my days.” The man negotiated with God to receive what he wanted. He followed this pattern throughout his life. In this instance, God did heal his son. But the man failed to keep his end of the promise. People are fickle but God is not.
“For all the promises of God
in him(Christ) are yea, and in him Amen,
unto the glory of God by us.”
2 Corinthians 1:20
When God says he will do something or give something, it is done. God does not negotiate with us concerning his word. He lays down the terms of the promises and performs them. By his grace through faith we receive the promises. His goodness coupled with our faith works his promises in us.
“Who through faith
subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness,
obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions,”
Even when we are faithless God remains true to his word.
- “If we believe not, yet he abideth faithful: he cannot deny himself …
- God is not a man, that he should lie …
- My covenant will I not break, nor alter the thing that is gone out of my lips …
- Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away …
- it is impossible for God to lie, we may have strong encouragement, we who have fled for refuge in laying hold of the hope set before us.”
(2 Timothy 2:13; Numbers 23:19a; Psalm 89:34; Matthew 24: Hebrews 6:18 (NASB)
The hope spoken of here is based on the character of God who cannot lie or change his mind concerning his promises. In this case we have hope- a steadfast confidence- that what God has promised he will do. He gives to us who are in the faith this promise –
which God, that cannot lie,
promised before the world began …
And this is the promise that he hath promised us,
even eternal life.”
Titus 1:2;1 John 2:25
God made his gracious promise of eternal life available to all. But all will not receive his promise – not by his exclusion but by their choice.
“Seeing therefore it remaineth that some must enter therein,
and they to whom it was first preached entered not in
because of unbelief.”
Those believing receive the good fruit of God’s promises. We have received eternal life and the many promises bound in the one. But as with eternal life, we will not see completion of all God’s promises in this world, some, yes, but if not here, then in the world to come. The writer of Hebrews gives us Abraham and those before him as an example –
“These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.” Hebrews 11:13
When we have prayed long and waited longer to see the fulfillment of God’s promise, let’s cling to these two verses –
- “But without faith it is impossible to please him:
- for he that cometh to God must believe that he is,
- and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him …
- He is the Rock, his work is perfect:
- for all his ways are judgment:
- a God of truth and without iniquity,
- just and right is he.” Hebrews 11:6; Deuteronomy 32:4.
Purpose is revealed in the waiting –
- “ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise.
- FOR YET A ; LITTLE WHILE, AND HE THAT SHALL COME WILL COME, AND WILL NOT TARRY.” Hebrews 10:36,37
God fulfills his promises according to his timetable, his purpose, and his grace for his glory and our good. Stand fast. He is faithful who has promised. He is our Rock-solid hope. If we do not believe He is – His promises are worthless to us. Believe He is and reap his promises as your reward.
When is it hard for you to believe all God’s promises are yours as his child?